Banana Split Chocolate Stout | Thomas Creek Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark chocolaty stout with caramel, toffee and roasted malt flavors. Crisp and smooth with distinct banana overtones.

52 IBU

Added by mikesgroove on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
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44
Ratings:
168
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 168
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but weak, it smells like roasted malt, dried bananas and chocolate. I think the taste is the mostly like the aroma, but luckily the flavors are stronger in comparison. I taste roasted malt, bananas and chocolate, but there's also some dark fruit noticeable too. However, the banana in this brew wasn't as strong as I was expecting it to be. With that being said, it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again at $12.49 a bottle, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at local store. 750 ml corked and caged and poured into cbs snifter.

Pours black in color. Creamy, bubbly brown head. Left rather fast. Nose has sweet chocolate aroma mostly throughout. Some banana notes faintly at the end. Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet chocate flavors. Banana takes a back seat but still supports the chocolate nicely. Very nice balance. Medium body with good carbonation. A little dry in the mouth. Nice beer. Very much enjoyed this stout with a twist. If there is another on the shelf, I would get one for sure!

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sweet aroma, no doubt about it, of chocolate, banana, and malt.

T: Oddly enough, the chocolate didn't take center stage in the flavor. There's a pretty obvious burnt quality up front, with the bananas and chocolate making themselves known in the finish. It does seem the burnt quality does overwhelm everything else a little, but it's still a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole a solid beer. Slightly unusual, but worth a shot.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank more like a straight up chocolate stout.

Light banana notes on the nose. I think calling it a banana split was a bit generous. Got mostly dark and tart chocolate notes.

All in all, a tasty beer though. Would have liked to have tasted a bit more banana though.

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Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate pour with just a hint of brown. 1-finger mocha head, but no retention and very light lace.

Roast malt and dried, candied bananas come out in the nose. Rich, bitter chocolate underneath. Not a big banana fan, but this works ok for me.

Sweetness from the bananas hits first. Chocolate malt and light roast malt come in midway. Bananas come back into the finish with light citrus hops and bitter chocolate. Bananas are a little too strong in the end.

Feel is rich and thick, even cloying. Don't know if it is all the bananas, but definite sugar feel comes to play.

Overall, an interesting experiment but one I probably would not get again.

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Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 750 mL bottle in a New Belgium globe. Artificial cork. The body was a deep brown with a creamy tan, irregular head. A film remain.

The smell was banana skin and cocoa. Primarily banana.

The taste was also banana with a chocolaty finish. Vanilla and cream. Some saltiness in there too. Finishes a bit powdery and drying. Not cloying.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. There was a slipperiness in the texture. Adequately carbonated.

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Photo of woodsyy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle to pint glass

a: very dark, light brown head

s: smells very chocolaty with a slight hint of bananas

t: starts with chocolate and malts followed with a very small banana taste.

mouth: middle of the road mouthfeel

overall: I was kind of disappointed with this beer, I gave it average ratings but overall I was expecting a lot more chocolate and bananas. Not a bad beer, probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky, chocolaty aroma has a strong overtone of banana - hey, I love bananas. It pours a deep, warm sable with a decent tan head that doesn't last but leaves some decent lacing. Smoky flavor has chocolate and banana notes - banana split indeed! - plus hints of caramel, bread and coffee. It is a little sweet, but not cloying, and rather lip-smacking. Smooth, heavy texture is a bit syrupy and somewhat fizzy, leaving a satisfying smoky, tingly finish with a strong banana note. Go bananas over this one!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pesky bottle to get into. The wire on the cage had been way over twisted, I just had to cut it off. The rubber cork was crammed too far into the bottle, requiring a wine open to wrestle it out.

Appearance: Slips out a black body with a couple of inches worth of craggy, tan-hued foam.

Smell: Sweetish, smelling of shaved semi-sweet chocolate, but also roast and just-cut, ripe bananas. Lesser notes of dark, plum-leaning fruits and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malts with flavors of chocolate syrup, caramel, smoky-toned molasses, burnt toast, and modestly roasty coffee. A few dark fruits to latch onto, but, then the banana comes in. It's a bit slight, for me it's ample, but, with a yellow label and a big-ass banana-woman hybrid, you may be left wanting a bit more. Again, it was enough for me. Then, as the banana slowly dies away, it's back to the chocolate coated roasted grains until the smooth, yearningly creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft mouthfeel.

Overall: It's not overtly banana-esque, like that Wells Banana Bread Beer, as the subtler banana inclusion has some strong, roasty malts to compete with for your attention. I enjoy it - passable banana flavors over a solid stout.

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled 2 x on consecutive evenings

the pour is beautiful and the head is mocha, light brown colored and voluminous, smells of banana split and all of the accoutrements thereof, really.. taste is like a porter, i'd have to say, and even the mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout.. tastes of malt, possibly some dark elements of fruit in there, but mostly malt and the banana flavoring is the overarching element, in my opinion. the mouthfeel is a little thin but still enjoyable and overall, got it 2 days in a row so it is palatable, however, i dont think ill be trying this one again, more of a novelty brew if you ask me..

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to advent for sending me this growler as an extra!

32oz swingtop growler shared with Brez07

A: The growler was a short pour but still opened with a loud pop. Good sign. Dark brown hue with a 1 finer mocha head. Decent retention but no lacing

S: Actually smells a little like a banana split. Mostly artificial banana with some marshmallow/whipped cream. Once it opens up a little you start to get milk chocolate

T: Remind me of a nice roasty porter. Some bitter chocolate and a coffee-like finish. A little sweetness in the form of banana [This was very heavy on the roast, but I honestly thought it was still all in balance]

M: Medium, light carbonation (could be from the container)

D: Enjoyable, but nothing to go crazy about. Very interesting idea that worked well [With the somewhat recent fade started by places like Short's and Funky Buddha the name makes you expect a little more than what it actually is. Ends up being a pretty well made porter though.

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Photo of Brez07
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler shared by Drazzamatazz

A: The growler was a short pour but still opened with a loud pop. Good sign. Dark brown hue with a 1 finer mocha head. Decent retention but no lacing

S: Actually smells a little like a banana split. Mostly artificial banana with some marshmallow/whipped cream. Once it opens up a little you start to get milk chocolate

T: Remind me of a nice roasty porter. Some bitter chocolate and a coffee-like finish. A little sweetness in the form of banana

M: Medium, light carbonation (could be from the container)

D: Enjoyable, but nothing to go crazy about. Very interesting idea that worked well

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Photo of BrahnSolo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Common Market South End 10-31-11. Review from notes.

Short pour served into small goblet. Color is a deep dark brown moderate carbonation. Golden brown graham cracker head leaves behind little to no lacing.

Nose consists mainly of a light banana flavor, roast, almost tart, sweet fruit, strawberry, and chocolate.

Heavy on the banana, some dark chocolate, tart strawberry after the banana starts to dissipate, followed by a fresh hop kick on the back. Faint vanilla smoothes it out at the end. Banana lingers long after the last sip.

Very creamy mouthfeel, silky smooth. Light carbonation. Would like for it to be a little thicker, but for the style it will do just fine.

Overall this is a solid stout from a small brewery I've seemed to have ignored. The banana really shines while tasting very "real" and like a fresh banana. Thomas Creek has impressed me with this beer more than any other from them, maybe it is the style or maybe the creativity that I liked, but will be ordering another one of these when it's around.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice find at The Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC, this brew is an opaque brown color with a decent creamy brown head that settles into a thin but full cover with fair lacing left on the tulip glass throughout. The aroma is moderately boozy malt vinegar and yes, a polite banana bread woven into it. The flavor brings a very interesting mild Dr. pepper malt and banana ice cream blended into a coffee idea that is really tasty. It's a fairly creamy, near satiny feeling concoction with subtle carbonation. It offers a great combination of tart sharpness and mellow banana malt sweetness. It's not at all over the top gimmicky. I get some oatmeal and some touches of light charcoal. It's very "edible" and drinkable at the same time. It looks like I had my taste nearly at the same time as the last reviewer but I obviously got some different takes on it. Perhaps different tastes or maybe a different point in the keg? I do love what I call "milkshake" beers, like Young's Double Chocolate Stout and this was definitely in that category for me. Not terribly thick but it had some teeth. It could be a dessert beer and more, just plain tasty. I hope I get to try it again some time.

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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured nearly opaque black except I noticed a few rays of ruby when held to the light,a tight formed 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Aromas were really muted with some dry roastiness only standing out.Not much banana flavor on the palate,just some bitter chocolate and dark roast,almost a clove-like flavor in the finish,could be mistaken for a Belgian yeast strain.Its ok but again the banana flavor really isnt there,and its not really very complex.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Near black body capped with a 2.5 finger head that's somewhere between foamy and creamy. Good retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

Not so much roast in the nose as one might guess from the color. Plenty of dark fruit, banana, and fresh yeasty aromas, though. Roasted flavors are more prominent, mainly toasted and chocolate. The dried banana chips experiment worked pretty well, I reckon. They don't taste 'fake' at all; in fact they're quite fresh and lively. Blind tasting, you could easily guess that the banana comes from a flavorful Belgian yeast. Thickish feel with a sturdy stream of bitterness. An interesting beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at VGBG.
Pours nearly black with a light tan head. Sticks pretty well.

Aroma has some roast, dark chocolate and definetely a banana component.

Banana is quite prevelent, which normally I don't care for much as in the usual Belgian stout, but this one worked better for me. More chocolates, malt and light molasses work through the estery notes. Finishes with some light roast and cocoa.

Pretty much in the middle body wise. Coat the mouth well and drinks very well. Abv is well hidden or not that large to begin with.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my local doppelgänger for sharing this one with me over Easter weekend. Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured black with a two finger brown head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, dark chocolate, and slightly roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Very easy drinking for the most part. You can definitely tell what Thomas Creek was going for in this one. The mouthfeel was just a little thin for my liking though. Flavor and aroma were pretty good for the style though. Expect to see this one in bottles soon as a continued part of their atypical series...

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011

Pours a dark black with a thick creamy head. Definitely smells like bananas and chocolate with some dark roasted malt. If I'm not mistaken this is simply a Belgian Stout with a yeast strain that produces a good amount of banana esters. Definitely big notes of banana, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium-full mouthfeel with pretty crisp carbonation. Pretty drinkable, I could have it again, but I wish I knew if it was indeed brewed with bananas. Not bad.

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